Visits to music streaming website Spotify.com more than doubled in February, according to internet monitoring company Hitwise.
Visits by UK users rose by 250% in the four weeks ending 21/02/09 while searches for ‘spotify‘ increased 400% during the same period.
Our guide to using Spotify shows you how to get started listening to free music legally online using Spotify.
Legal and free music from Spotify
Spotify is able to offer both legal and free music as music artists are paid royalties for the music you choose to listen to.
There’s a wide range of music available on Spotify, despite the site recently being forced to remove certain music from its database due to licensing issues with some artists and record labels.
Major record labels have signed up to allow Spotify to distribute their catalogues, including Universal, EMI, Warner Music and AMG.
Hitwise reports that the type of people most likely to visit Spotify are: ‘young, single and mostly well-educated people who are cosmopolitan in tastes and liberal in attitudes.’
How Spotify works
Spotify works by streaming music to your computer over a broadband internet connection, so, unlike and similar music download services, no music files are downloaded to or stored on your computer.
It’s been open to the general public since February 2009. Previously the site worked on an invitation-only basis to encourage slow but stable development of the Spotify service.
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